'This Town': What are early reviews saying?(Read article summary)
Reporter Mark Leibovich's examination of D.C. culture is scheduled to come out July 16.
The release of "This Town,â€ť Beltway reporter Mark Leibovichâ€™s examination of D.C. culture, has been eagerly anticipated by political buffs (and recently made the Monitorâ€™sÂ listÂ of the top 10 books of July). So does the book by Leibovich, who works as the chief national correspondent for The New York Times Magazine, live up to the hype?
Early reviews have been mostly positive. Washington Post writer Carlos Lozada called it â€śnot badâ€ť and said the acidic look at our nationâ€™s capital can be hard to take at first.
â€śHis tour through Washington only feeds the worst suspicions anyone can have about the place â€“ a land driven by insecurity, hypocrisy and cable hits, where friendships are transactional, blind-copying is rampant and acts of public service appear largely accidental,â€ť Lozada wrote.
However, the book by Leibovich does suck you in, says Lozada, who notes that while Leibovich wrote for the Washington Post, he has never met him.
â€śOnly two things keep you turning pages,â€ť he wrote of "Town." â€śFirst, in Leibovichâ€™s hands, this state of affairs is not just depressing, itâ€™s also kind of funny. Second, you want to know whether the author thinks anyone in Washington â€“ anyone at all? â€“ is worthy of redemption.â€ť
â€śHeâ€™s an insider, Mr. Leibovich is, first a reporter at The Washington Post, now the chief national correspondent for The New York Times Magazine,â€ť Shribman wrote. â€śYet he seems to wear those special glasses that allow you to X-ray the outside and see whatâ€™s really going on... Start to finish, this is a brilliant portrait.â€ť
Meanwhile, Politico writer Dylan Byers calls the main theme of the book â€śWashingtonâ€™s power to shape and corrupt.â€ť
â€ś[â€śThis Townâ€ť] will benefit the reader,â€ť he wrote. "For the political junkie, the anecdotes included are top-notch.â€ť
â€śTownâ€ť is scheduled to be released on July 16.